NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Mayor Bill de Blasio is cheering parents on to enroll their kids into pre-kindergarten classes.

On Sunday, New York parents began enrolling their kids in pre-K classes, WCBS 880’s Monica Miller reported.

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De Blasio is hoping parents are as excited about pre-kindergarten as he is.

“The important thing is this: pre-K changes your child’s life,” the mayor said. “Full-day, high quality pre-K is the right start. It gets your child on the right track educationally. It’s free.”

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Alexis Confer, with the mayor’s administration, is encouraging parents to go online to sign up.

“They have an awesome experience where they can go through a pre-K finder, search for different pre-kindergartens in their area — this is public schools, this is early education centers, a whole swath of options,” she said.

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Last year, more than 53,000 children were in enrolled in pre-K. The goal this year is to offer 70,000 seats.